I have been guilty of not doing the second, but then again, like the great Napoleon Hill said, there is a positive to everything. Hehe.
(and as I've always felt instinctively all my life!).
Back when I was young, I remember a conversation my father and I once had about the now patented Rahul Mookerjee SQUAT.
Mentioned in the first book on isometrics.
It was a position my wife "punished" my daughter with yesterday - for being out of line. (big time).
"Thats a great exer.. uh, punishment", I muttered as I walked past, trying to keep a straight face. It is! She hardly ever does it, of course - both my daughter in terms of the exercise except when it's squatting challenge with Papa and her mom - "punishing her".
As she moaned, groaned and sat in a position which if you make it fun she can sit in for much longer than she ultimately did, I remember the excruciating punishments we got when we were young!
A lot of those punishments could well make it to the third book on isometrics - and they probably will at some stage, along with some special isometrics I'm doing NOW.
But back to Dad, he was once complaining about his back hurting .
It was a common lament, especially after climbing a hill - a short one - once.
"Never again", he'd vow. Hehe.
But in reference to that position, apparently he sat in it for a while - not the full position - but the partial position - and his back hurt.
I remember asking him why.
"Well, you sit in that position", he replied. "Your back will hurt too".
At that age, I couldn't get into that position, neither could I when my wife made me do it in 2009 - "phat phocker".
Now, I could spend the whole day in it - easily.
But this comment, along with a few others ...
"Lifting pink dumbbells on each hand to "build muscle"" or whatever was told to me.
Not lifting weights if you're not wearing underwear or you'll get "hernia".
And other such gems I got while growing up, along with the "he thinks he's soooo strong" taunt that was common - its' no wonder my fitness journey never really took off despite my very best efforts until the age of 25, when Ann Lee, with that reproachful look in her eye literally kicked my RUMPUS into high gear.
'nuff said on that admirable lady!
Anyway, today my back was "stiff" .
Lots of squats last night, that 100 squat workout turned into 300, with 200 I did in the AM, that was 500 for the day.
So today, 50 squats, 10 pull-ups, some advanced isometrics in, I wasn't really loose.
So I got in the squat.
Felt my entire spine REALIGN.
Slowly, I felt the energy SURGE through my entire body.
And then I got up, started writing this to you.
Ditto for the back bridge I explain so often in 0 Excuses Fitness, and the book on "truly the best darn exercise out there", an exercise which makes most men way past their prime "prime" feel better than anything else they have EVER - I repeat EVER - done in their lives.
Dont believe me - I understand.
Words are cheap eh.
Take a look at the testimonials page before you diss, tho ...
And these back bends are usually thought of as DANGEROUS by not just lay men but most so called "docs" out there.
The same docs who prescribe meaningless meds and repeated hospital visits and pester/trick most women into having C sections when they dont really need one, and more ...
The almighty dollar, eh.
Nothing is sacred.
People dont like me saying it.
But can anyone say it ain't true?
Long story short - save the chiro fees, and work on the isometrics, my friend.
You'll do yourself a favor - big time.
Thank me later, or not - I dont mind!
"Tis my job to bring you the best - for the best - you.
And thats what I do daily.
PS - The third book on isometrics is writing itself as we speak, meanwhile, remember, same thing for knee pain and other ailments - IGNORE what most people tell you (and especially fitness wise too).